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Professional Flight Technology (B.S.)

In flight simulators and planes — including an Embraer Phenom 100 jet — you’ll log many flight and training hours that will prepare you to become a leader in the air transportation industry. Because of limited space, selection for this program is academically competitive. The Purdue Office of Admissions must receive your completed application by November 15 for the following fall semester.

To continue into the junior year, you must have an unrestricted FAA commercial pilot certificate, an unrestricted FAA instrument rating airplane, an FAA medical certificate valid for at least second-class privileges and at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

International students, you are eligible to apply for admission to the professional flight technology major. You must demonstrate proficiency in English written and verbal skills. Additional requirements imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration and other U.S. government agencies may affect eligibility.

Aviation Technology: Professional Flight Technology (B.S.)

Credit Hours Required for Degree: 124

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) AT 10100 (Gateway to Aviation Technology) (3) AT 10200 (Aviation Business)
(2) AT 14500 (Private Pilot Flight) (3) AT 10300 (Aerospace Vehicle Propulsion and Tracking Systems)

ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or 
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)

(3) AT 20100 (Aircraft Design and Structures)
(3) MA 15300 (Algebra and Trigonometry I) (2) AT 24300 (Commercial Flight I)
(3) TECH 12000 (Technology and the Individual) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
    (3) MA 15400 (Algebra and Trigonometry II)
(15)   (17)  

Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) AT 20300 (Aviation Operations Management) (3) AT 20200 (Aerospace Vehicle Systems Design, Analysis and Operations)
(1) AT 21000 (Ground Trainer I) (1) AT 21100 (Ground Trainer II)
(3) AT 22300 (Human Factors for Flight Crews) (2) AT 25300 (Instrument Flight)
(2) AT 24800 (Commercial Flight II) (3) AT 25400 (Commercial Flight Lectures)
(3) AT 24900 (Instrument Flight Lectures) (3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods)
(3) Calculus selective (4) Laboratory science selective
(15)   (16)  

Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(1) AT35300 (Multi-Engine Flight) (3) AT 32700 (Advanced Transport Flight Operations)
(2) AT 35400 (Turbine Flight Operations Lecture) (3) AT 38800 (Large Aircraft Systems)
(3) POL 10100 (American Government and Politics) or POL 13000 (Introduction to International Relations) (1) AT 39500 (Turbine Aircraft Simulation Laboratory)
(3) TECH 33000 (Technology and the Global Society) (3) EAS 32500 (Aviation Meteorology)
(4) Laboratory science selective (3) PSY 12000 (Elementary Psychology)
(3) Minor selective (3) Minor selective
(16)   (16)  

Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(1) AT 39600 (Turbine Aircraft Flight Laboratory) (1) AT 41600 (Airline Indoctrination)
(3) ENGL 42000 (Business Writing) or ENGL 42100 (Technical Writing) (2) AT 48700 (Transport Aircraft Simulation Lab)
(3) TECH 32000 (Technology and the Organization) (3) AT 49800 (Capstone Selective)
(3) Economics selective (4) Free elective
(3) Minor selective (0) Globalization*
(3) Technical communication selective (3) Minor selective
(16)   (13)  

*Globalization: Due to the international nature of the aviation industry, all B.S. degree students must complete a globalization requirement using one of the following options: 1) Complete any University-sponsored study abroad program lasting at least seven days; 2) complete an internship or approved international research project that involves at least seven days of international travel; 3) provide documentation of having lived/ traveled outside the United States for at least 15 days after a student's 12th birthday; or 4) complete or place out of the Level IV course in any foreign language.


Calculus: MA 16100, 16500, 22100, 22300.
Economics: ECON 21000, 25100, 25200.
Laboratory Science: BIOL 11000, 11100; CHM 11500, 11600; PHYS 21800, 21900, 22000, 22100, 17000.
Technical Communication: COM 31500, 32000, 32400, 41500.

Flight Instruction Courses

The Department of Aviation Technology offers a number of flight and ground support courses at the West Lafayette campus. Students in the University, with the approval of their advisors and the aviation flight technology section, are eligible to enroll in these courses. University staff members also are eligible for enrollment. Registration in these courses is subject to limitations imposed by the availability of flight and simulator equipment and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Physical Examination. A beginning student must make arrangements for a flight physical examination. This examination must be administered by an approved FAA medical examiner. A listing of approved examiners is available in the flight instruction office at the Purdue University Airport. Students in advanced courses offering flight training must possess a second-class medical certificate dated within the preceding 12 calendar months; students taking private pilot courses are required to hold a third-class medical certificate (or higher) issued within the preceding 24 calendar months. These physical examinations must be completed before enrollment.

Undergraduate Courses

Contact the Office of the Bursar for current fee information.